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As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase across our nation and in our communities, my thoughts and prayers are certainly with those who have been affected by this disease. I know many of us worry about our loved ones, and I want to remind all of you to continue to take the necessary precautions in keeping yourselves, your families, and your neighbors safe. Last evening, the University was informed that another student (who commutes to Thomas More) has tested positive for COVID-19. The University is working with the student to identify those that she/he has been in contact with as of the individual’s last day on campus was before spring break.
We now have two known cases of COVID-19 within our immediate campus community – both cases are students who have tested positive. An announcement was made on Tuesday, March 24, informing the community of a commuter student who had tested positive for the virus. Appropriate communications have been sent to all individuals the student identified as being someone he/she had been in contact with prior to their last day on campus.
As the University has been taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and employees based on recommendations of the CDC and our local health officials, I ask that all of you heed these recommendations. For the health and safety of our Thomas More community and the communities that we all live in, you should remain at home as the Governor and other health offices have asked.
We are facing an unexpected public health crisis that continues to evolve every day. The most important thing each of us can do to combat the virus is to be informed, be prepared, and practice the precautionary measures recommended by the CDC. I strongly encourage our students, employees, and alumni to listen to these recommendations and to practice them to ensure that you and your families remain safe. The virus is affecting all age groups and how you respond makes all the difference to you and the people around you.
As I mentioned in my last update, please continue to keep our fellow Saints who are dealing with this virus firsthand in your thoughts and prayers. As always, the best place to find resources regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 is on our website. On the page, students will also find resources for successfully navigating online learning and other information on support services for students.
With best regards,